Daytona Beach, Florida (June 24, 2019)—Monday afternoon and evening was the Beijing Shougang Eagles time. The Eagles won Game 1 of the doubleheader 6-0. Topping Game 1 was Game 2 with a 12-0 perfect game from the Eagles and starting pitcher Wang Lan. The Eagles matched their win total of the 2019 NPF season in just today alone.
Game 1 was dominated by Park Planet Player of the Game Angel Bunner. Bunner who started the ballgame finished her outing with a complete game shutout to earn the Eagles their third victory of the season.
Wang Lan, who was the Park Planet Player of the game notched her first ever perfect game. The only downside was that it was a shortened perfect game after the Eagles eight runs ruled the Aussie Peppers, 12-0. Lan’s final line was 5 innings pitched with 9 strikeouts without allowing any hits, walks and the Eagles defense was perfect with no errors.
Game 2 was kicked off with a Chen Jia solo home run. The runs came in bunches from there on out with the Eagles scoring in every inning. Three runs in the second, two runs in the third, five runs in the fourth and finally one run in the fifth.
Top performers for Game 2 were Chen Jia who was 1 for 4 with 2 runs and a homerun. Xu Jia who 2 for 3 with a 2-run Homerun. Li Qi who was 2 for 3 with 3 RBI’s. The Eagles seemed to be lost at the plate before Monday and seem to have found their groove. The Eagles will try to continue their success tomorrow and the rest of the series.
The Eagles will continue their homestand as they host the Aussie Peppers June 25th with first pitch at 10:35am EST. Tickets are available at www.beijingeagles.com and daytonatortugas.com, or by calling the Tortugas’ ticket office at 386-257-3172. Fans can watch NPF games live by visiting profastpitch.com and clicking “Watch NPF.”
Game 1 Final: Peppers-0 Eagles- 6
Game 2 Final: Peppers-0 Eagles-12
photo by Michele Meyers, courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
About Beijing Shougang Eagles
The Beijing Shougang Eagles are a women’s professional softball team. Established in May 2017, the team began play in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) during the 2017 season. Managed by Chinese Softball Association, the Eagles’ roster is mainly populated with players from the China women’s national softball team as a means to gain professional experience against the highest levels of fastpitch play, in anticipation of softball’s return to the Olympics in 2020.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Aussie Peppers of Minnesota, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets, and USSSA Pride. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada, China, and Mexico, and represent the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.